Sports Denver Broncos Cody Latimer plays key role in Broncos’ comeback victory over Colts It was the two-point play that was perhaps his biggest of the game John Leyba, The Denver Post Denver Broncos wide receiver Cody Latimer (14) goes up to haul in a two point conversion during the third quarter against the Indianapolis Colts on Dec. 14, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana at Lucas Oil Stadium. By Nick Kosmider | firstname.lastname@example.org | The Denver Post PUBLISHED: December 14, 2017 at 9:26 pm | UPDATED: December 14, 2017 at 10:28 pm INDIANAPOLIS — Cody Latimer felt right at home Thursday night.
The Broncos’ wide receiver, who starred at the University of Indiana, played a major role in the Broncos’ comeback victory Thursday night, catching a touchdown pass from Brock Osweiler that put the Broncos ahead and later adding a two-point conversion catch that gave Denver a two-score cushion.
It was the best performance in the best season of Latimer’s career. His 19 catches are already 11 more than he had in any of his first three seasons. And the third-quarter touchdown, a 22-yard reception he made by leaping over a Colts defender, was his second this season, matching the combined total he had before this season.
“When the ball is thrown you just have to go make plays,” Latimer said. “That’s what we tried to do as a wide receiver group.”
But it was the two-point play that was perhaps his biggest of the game. A touchdown by tight end Jeff Huereman on a pass from Osweiler — an “unbelievable ball” that Huereman said he could have “caught with my teeth” — extended Denver’s lead to 20-13 late in the third quarter. Coach Vance Joseph called for a two-point conversion. Osweiler found Latimer on the right edge of the end zone, and the receiver was able to stay in bounds as he corralled the pass.
Latimer added another long catch on Denver’s fourth-quarter drive that resulted in a 40-yard field goal by Brandon McManus making it 25-13.
Booker leap called back. The Broncos wasted their most electric play of the season Thursday night.
Running back Devontae Booker took a pass in the flat from Osweiler late in the second quarter and leaped over Colts defensive back Clayton Geathers. Booker landed in stride and sprinted into the end zone.
But the pretty play had an ugly result. Rookie left tackle Garrett Bolles was called for holding which negated a 30-yard touchdown. It was the ninth holding penalty on Bolles, the most in the NFL.
Take Our Poll Related Articles PHOTOS: Denver Broncos stomp Indianapolis Colts in Week 15 action Brock Osweiler fills in for injured Trevor Siemian, guides Broncos to comeback win in Indy Grading the Broncos in their 25-13 victory over the Colts WATCH: Broncos’ Brock Osweiler connects with Jeff Heuerman for 54-yard TD WATCH: Broncos’ Brock Osweiler connects with Cody Latimer for a TD vs. the Colts The Broncos were able to overcome the penalty. Osweiler’s 18-yard touchdown run later in the drive cut Denver’s deficit to 10-7.
Roster move. Ahead of Thursday’s game, the Broncos promoted practice squad safety Dymonte Thomas to the active roster, filling the vacancy left by safety Justin Simmons . Thomas, an undrafted rookie out of Michigan, signed with the team in May and competed in training camp and preseason, when he returned an interception 58 yards for a touchdown against Arizona.
Simmons suffered an ankle sprain in the Broncos’ Week 14 win over the Jets.
Footnotes. Lucas Oil Stadium’s retractable roof was closed for Thursday’s game. … Broncos-Colts was the last game of the season featuring color rush uniforms. The NFL announced that proceeds from color rush jersey sales from the 2017 season will go directly to helping youth and high school football programs impacted by Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, the Bay Area Wildfires and the Southern California wildfires. … Rookie defensive end/linebacker DeMarcus Walker, running back De’Angelo Henderson, cornerback Brendan Langley, wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie, recently acquired tight end Matt LaCosse, offensive lineman Cyrus Kouandjio and quarterback Paxton Lynch (ankle) were inactive Thursday.